Saponins

Saponins are bitter-tasting substances which cause heavy foam formation in water. Therefore, they are used in the food industry as food additives which act as foaming agents; for example, in beer or in non-alcoholic beverages.  Saponins are bitter-tasting substances which cause heavy foam formation in water. Therefore, they are used in the food industry as food additives which act as foaming agents; for example, in beer or in non-alcoholic beverages.

Effect

  • Antibiotic (meaning, they inhibit the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungi)
  • Stimulate the immune system
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Anti-inflammatory

May reduce the risk of:

  • Colorectal cancer

Found in:

Legumes, soy beans, green beans, spinach, asparagus, oats and liquorice.

It should be noted that:

When the above mentioned plant based foods are cooked, there is up to a 50% loss of saponins into the cooking water.

Remark:

Recommendations for daily requirements have not yet been scientifically determined.

Phytochemicals should not be taken as isolated in tablets because this may cause undesirable side effects. The numerous other ingredients in food are most likely essential, in order that they can exert healthy effects on the body.